George Floyd is on our minds today as we sit with outrage and heartbreak at the senseless killing of yet another Black person by the police. Just over two weeks ago we shared our loss of words over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. That has not changed. Our outrage, our heartbreak, deepens with every loss of life, every act of violent racism. Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Dante Parker, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tanisha Anderson, Stephon Clark, Alton Sterling, Terence Crutcher, Philando Castile, Eric Harris, Laquan McDonald, and these are only a few that were widely covered. We must not sit passively by and watch (literally and figuratively) as this continues to happen. We must stand up and actively demand that Black Lives Matter, Black Lives have Always Mattered, and as long as these murders keep happening we will keep saying it. Black Lives Matter.
We are social workers. Our ethics push us to act toward racial and social justice. We must take action, especially those of us with white privilege and working toward anti-racism. Below are some places to start.
We cannot and will not be silent.
Contact Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo
Chief of Police
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389
Contact the Mayor: MAYOR'S OFFICE
350 South 5th Street, Room 331
Minneapolis, MN 55415
We include additional links here and do so with a trigger warning that one includes an image of George Floyd in his final moments and is deeply traumatizing for Black people to see over and over. We encourage you to remember that if you share related sentiments and/or links on your own pages.